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Old 08-14-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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Audio/Video conferencing solution (Linux, Windows): what to use?


Hi,

I am looking for open source audio/video conferencing solution. "Conferencing" might be actually to big word, most of the time I just need to talk one-to-one. I simply want to replace Skype.

I would like to ask for the advice of people that actually have the experience in given solution.

My preferences are:
- is stable,
- is secure, preferably encrypted,
- on Windows, ease of installation and configuration,
- on Linux, has to run natively (C/C++), none of this Web-based or Java rubbish,
- preferably runs on Android,
- the service is free of charge.

If necessary, I can provide my own server for passing the traffic.

I haven't tested any solution yet. I would like to get some real opinions before actually delving deeper.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-14-2016, 09:53 AM   #2
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Ekiga (an open source VoIP and video conferencing application)

Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP
and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the
H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs,
and is interoperable with other SIP compliant software and also
with Microsoft NetMeeting.

http://www.ekiga.org/

I have built it on slackware 14.1 64-bit
As far as I can remember, it required:
ptlib, opal (which can be found in http://www.opalvoip.org/)
opal requires ptlib and has these optional dependencies:
speex (http://www.speex.org/)
ffmpeg (http://ffmpeg.org/)
 
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:06 AM   #3
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Too bad you won't use java: https://jitsi.org/
 
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:32 AM   #4
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Thanks Richard Cranium for the pointer to jitsi !

Had to install the apache-ant SBo Package to build jitsi with the Java.org jdk that I had already installed but once I installed apache-ant, the jitsi SBo Package built, installed and runs fine on Slackware64 14.2 ( even without the required openjdk Package mentioned on the SBo Page ).

Now I need to learn to use jitsi and maybe I can convince the boss to try it out instead of GoTo Meeting

Thanks again !

-- kjh

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Old 08-14-2016, 10:37 AM   #5
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Quote:
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Ekiga (an open source VoIP and video conferencing application)

Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP
and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the
H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs,
and is interoperable with other SIP compliant software and also
with Microsoft NetMeeting.

http://www.ekiga.org/

I have built it on slackware 14.1 64-bit
As far as I can remember, it required:
ptlib, opal (which can be found in http://www.opalvoip.org/)
opal requires ptlib and has these optional dependencies:
speex (http://www.speex.org/)
ffmpeg (http://ffmpeg.org/)
What Ekiga does not do is blocking unwanted connections, I woke up several times during the night after installing Ekiga, portscans, ghost calls. Shut the damn thing down.
 
Old 08-16-2016, 11:23 PM   #6
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If you only want point-to-point VoIP, you can use LinPhone http://www.linphone.org/

I used to run Twinkle (http://www.twinklephone.com/) but that hasn't been updated since 2009; I don't think I've been able to compile it for a few years now.
 
Old 08-17-2016, 01:09 AM   #7
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I stumbled upon this
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Empathy
a gnome messaging program that supports text, voice,
video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols
(google talk, msn, irc, aim, ...).
 
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:49 AM   #8
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Tox

qTox is on SBo. It does have a few dependencies.

Encrypted, no java, free.

Also it runs on Linux, Windows, *BSD, OSX, Android & iOS.

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Old 08-17-2016, 02:30 AM   #9
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Hi,

Just to make the requirements more straight: it has to run on Windows and it has to be easy to install on Windows. This means no cygwin, etc. Most preferably, a single bundle. From my initial preferences list, only running on Android isn't the strict requirement.


Thanks for the options so far.
Some of them are worth trying (might fulfill my reqs).

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Old 08-17-2016, 02:40 AM   #10
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Hi,

Or a different look. Do you know what application is popular among Windows user?
I don't care if it's open source on Windows, I want it to be open source on Linux.

Still, it has to be secure protocol.
And as I mentioned, I can run my own server and point the user to connect to it.
Of course, the server has to be running on Slackware :-)

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Old 08-17-2016, 09:31 AM   #11
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Hi,

Or a different look. Do you know what application is popular among Windows user?
I don't care if it's open source on Windows, I want it to be open source on Linux.

Still, it has to be secure protocol.
And as I mentioned, I can run my own server and point the user to connect to it.
Of course, the server has to be running on Slackware :-)
Maybe you could try vector? It aims to be an interface to WebRTC, and runs in your web browser, so no installation required client side.
https://vector.im/

On your web server, you install vector, and probably matrix to handle stuff behind the scenes.

I've been reading about it, and I'm interested in running it myself.
 
Old 08-17-2016, 10:19 AM   #12
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Hi,

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It aims to be an interface to WebRTC, and runs in your web browser
No :-) I want a native client.

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Old 08-17-2016, 03:44 PM   #13
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Hi,


No :-) I want a native client.

WebRTC reference implementation is written in C++.

If somehow, you are just objecting to the Vector client's js bits that provide an interface to WebRTC, then I guess try to find another matrix compatible client that is non-browser based, and does WebRTC:
https://matrix.org/docs/projects/try...w.html#clients

WebRTC/Matrix is basically the best alternative to Skype that gives you everything you are asking for. Since WebRTC is being added mainly to browsers, most clients I think are going to just use a web browser as the implementation. Maybe there is a way to kick start a WebRTC session without going through a web page. Anyhow, I have not found anything else that meets this criteria over the years.

*Note: I've tried tox too, but probably when it was first out. At the time it wasn't all that impressive.
 
Old 08-18-2016, 10:39 PM   #14
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A few options that may fit your criteria -

Google Hangouts - because it runs in any Browser, in any OpSys and requires only an addon (no real installation) and is essentially a Skype clone with improvements

TeamSpeak (and others) - These started as Game Coms but most offer some free servers and the ones for a fee are cheap. I used TeamSpeak for the example though many exist because it comes in OpSys specific packages for All. A few are similar but some require Wine for Linux use. TeamSpeak is easy to install and configure despite many options, including text and video in main or in private "side rooms". Good admin control.

...and, Yes I've used these (still do) and several more

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Old 08-19-2016, 05:20 AM   #15
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Hi,

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A few options that may fit your criteria -

Google Hangouts - because it runs in any Browser, in any OpSys and requires only an addon (no real installation) and is essentially a Skype clone with improvements

TeamSpeak (and others) - These started as Game Coms but most offer some free servers and the ones for a fee are cheap. I used TeamSpeak for the example though many exist because it comes in OpSys specific packages for All. A few are similar but some require Wine for Linux use. TeamSpeak is easy to install and configure despite many options, including text and video in main or in private "side rooms". Good admin control.

...and, Yes I've used these (still do) and several more
I don't see them fit. (Open source, native client).

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